PHOTOS: Varsity sides bring added excitement to Warriors Open Day

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eHowzit reporter

Riversmead South Coast Warriors Rugby Club was a hive of activity as it hosted an open registration day on Saturday.

Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds also welcomed four varsity teams who entertained in pre-season warm-up games.

“There was a satisfactory turn out with a lot of new youth boys signing up,” said Warriors chairman Niko Potgieter.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Danie Swanepoel from the Sharks Academy Southern KZN who kept the youngsters occupied with some rugby skills and drills while the parents registered their rugby boys.”

The varsity games certainly motivated the young local players who registered on the day, showcasing skill, speed and strength.

The games were split into four quarters instead of two halves for more water breaks.

UKZN Durban faced Rhodes University in what was an end-to-end battle which saw some superb running rugby, with UKZN Durban managing to dot down two tries in the last quarter to emerge as the victors.

The main game between NWU-Pukke and UKZN Impi was a much more structured and physical battle.

The sides were evenly matched in the first two quarters before Pukke found their straps early in the third quarter and started running in a number of awesome tries, winning the game comfortably.

UKZN Impi coach Donald Ngenya and Pukke coaches Jonathan Mokuena (head coach) and Andre Pretorius (backline coach) – both ex-Springboks – thanked the Warriors for the use of their facilities and kind hospitality and said they thoroughly enjoyed their time on the South Coast.

Potgieter stressed that ALL Warriors players, new and staples – from the Under-7s right up to opens – need to register with the club before any league matches begin.

Registration can be done Monday to Thursday from 6pm at the Warriors clubhouse. Should you have any queries, contact Potgieter on 082 461 7139.

*A special meeting for constitution changes and amendments will be held at the clubhouse on Monday, 28 January. Contact Potgieter for more details.

Look back on the Warriors’ history-making 2018 season here.

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